Philadelphia Transgender woman Shantee Tucker, 30, was shot in the back early Wednesday morning and died in the hospital five hours later.
philly.com reports that friends and activists in the transgender community believe Tucker’s gender was a motive behind her killing, but Homicide Capt. John Ryan said Wednesday that police do not agree with that conclusion.
Tucker was on the 4300 block of Old York Road about 1 a.m. when she had an argument with a person in a black pickup truck, possibly a Ford, Ryan said at an afternoon news conference. Police believe the driver of the truck shot her at least once in the back as she was running away, Ryan said. Police recovered eight 9mm fired cartridge casings at the scene, he said.
Heartbreaking news… Three Young, #Transgender Women Were Killed In The Past Week… One woman was killed in Shreveport, Louisiana, another woman in Chicago, Illinois and the third in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. https://t.co/V2cO6IzFsM via @blavity
— Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (@TLDEF) September 6, 2018
TransGriot reports that Tucker is the 14th African American trans and gender nonconforming person killed due to anti-trans violence in the US in 2018 and the thirteenth Black trans feminine person.
According to tdor.translivesmatter.info Tucker is the 325 known trans person to be murdered worldwide since November 20th, the TDoR.